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Three remanded in custody after appearing on cash-in-transit robbery charges

Three men have been remanded in custody by the Malalane magistrate’s court earlier today after they had appeared on charges related to a cash-in-transit robbery on the N4 earlier this month.

Mosa Bhekifa Ngwenyama (30), a taxi driver, Malawian national Ali Obi Ebrahim (24), a spaza shop cashier, and Mfanasibili Lawrence Lubisi (44), the owner of the safe house used by the three and also a messenger at the Department of Agriculture, were arrested during a multi-disciplinary intelligence-driven operation at Schoemansdal on 11 August.

The arrest followed after a group of robbers attacked an armoured vehicle of Fidelity Security Services that was travelling from Malalane towards Tonga. A C-class Mercedes-Benz rammed the armoured vehicle, which then overturned when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The armoured vehicle was bombed, and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen. The suspects fled in the direction of Tonga.

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The Provincial Head of the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Major General Nico Gerber, thanked the multi-disciplinary team and expressed his appreciation for the good working relationship between the police and the community.

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“We need more information from the community for us to be able to remove criminals from the community,” he said.

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